College & Career Weekly Update

RCHS Counseling Department Week of 01/04/2016


Seniors and their parents are invited to a college Financial Aid Workshop, presented by TRIO/Talent Search. The program will take place in the high school auditorium on Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 pm.


On January 14th, we will host our Curriculum Information Night at RCHS from
6:00 to 7:30 pm. All families and students are strongly encouraged to attend to learn
more about the course offerings for the coming school year. School counselors will be available to answer questions about graduation requirements, the course registration process, post-secondary planning, and resources offered through the school counseling office.

College Acceptance Letters

Seniors, please make sure to update your school counselor and/or Ms. van Ravenswaay as you begin to hear back from colleges you've applied to. We want to celebrate your acceptances with you!

A Guide for using Common App

Mrs. Burkhardt created a new video designed to help students and families understand the Common Application, or "Common App." Click here to read about our department's recommendations for the Common App and to watch Mrs. Burkhardt's video, which covers the basics of common app and how to assign recommenders.

Instructions for Creating a Parchment Account

Every senior who is applying to college must create a Parchment account. Parchment is a free, electronic transcript service. If you would like your transcript sent to any college, including via the Common Application, you must request it through Parchment. Here is a video created by Mrs. Burkhardt with easy-to-follow instructions on how to create your Parchment account and request your transcript.

College Scorecard

The White House just unveiled a new resource for the college search process: College Scorecard. This is a website that we highly recommend to use as you search for colleges.

Ms. Burkhardt just wrote a new blog post about the resource and all of the features it offers. Click here to read that post to learn more about how you can utilize the information in your college search!


Note: Scholarships are arranged by due date; new scholarships are written in bold.

Army ROTC scholarship
: Are you a Senior who would like to apply for the Army ROTC scholarship? Apply now! Why? Because the next selection board meets in January. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded by a national selection board at Ft. Knox, KY. Tentative dates for the next two series:

  • January 25th: Second selection board meets to review applicants not selected in October, and new applicants
  • February 12th: Results are released
  • January 10th: last day to start the scholarship application
  • February 29th: Deadline to complete application to be eligible for March board
  • March 7th: Third selection board meets to review applicants not selected in January, and new applicants
  • March 25th: results released

The DoDMERB physical exam is not required to apply for the scholarship. Physical exams will be scheduled after the award is made. Students may need your athletic director's assistance in administering the Scholarship Physical Fitness Assessment.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Army ROTC Scholarship expert, Mr. Greg Killeen at or 706-864-1884.

JCI Senate Foundation
- This foundation grants $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The funds awarded must be used for educational purposes in the first year of full-time study. The application is available online at: and in the Counseling Office. If you would like Ms. van Ravenswaay to mail your application and materials, everything is due to her NO LATER THAN Friday, January 8th, 2016. If you choose to mail your application yourself, the deadline is January 15th, 2016.

The BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards: This is a $1000 scholarship for graduating seniors. The application consists of an essay, your transcript, a letter of recommendation and an activities sheet. Return completed applications to Ms. van Ravenswaay no later than January 27, 2016.

The Pamplin Leadership Award: This is a one year, merit-based, $5000 Virginia Tech tuition scholarship. The nominee from RCHS will have a cumulative GPA of a 3.8 and be ranked in the top ten percent of his or her class. Applicants do not need to know of their admission decision to Virginia Tech at the time of application. Students who wish to apply for the Pamplin Leadership Award are not required to also submit a University Honors application. However, a student must be willing to join University Honors should they be offered and accept this award. Please see your counselor if you would like to be nominated, and go to for Pamplin Leadership Award and other scholarship opportunities. Deadline to submit the application is January 29th, 2016.

Lee-Jackson Foundation - The Foundation honors General Robert E. Lee's and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's shared belief in the importance of a well-educated populace by working to increase educational opportunities for Virginia’s youth. The Foundation has established a non-discriminatory scholarship program to encourage high school students to continue their education, and sponsors an annual essay competition. Scholarships are awarded for outstanding essays which demonstrate a carefully researched, well-reasoned examination of the historical legacy left by Generals Lee and Jackson. The Foundation awards one $10,000, eight $2,000, and nine $1,000 scholarships to public, private, and home school students throughout the state of Virginia. Public and private school students: must submit to the high school principal: a completed Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Form (available from Ms. van Ravenswaay guidance or from the Foundation’s web site at and a completed essay. Essays and applications are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay or Mr. Hand NO LATER THAN Monday, February 1st, 2016.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Scholarships: This foundation oversees several scholarships for which RCHS seniors are eligible. The Alphin Family Scholarship; the Margaret Jones Irvin Scholarship; the Walter M. Otey Scholarship and the Dianne E.H. Wilcox Scholarship. There is one online application for all of them, but the requirements are very specific for each one. Please visit the Foundation's website for details: If you need help with your application or any of the requirements, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay. The online application is due by February 26, 2016.

Virginia PTA Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to current seniors who are planning to enter teaching or other youth-serving professions. Students must maintain a 2.5 average, provide evidence of financial need and academic achievement. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, complete the application and return everything to Ms. van Ravenswaay. The deadline is March 1, 2016.

DuPont Community Credit Union 2016 Scholarship Contest: Each year the DuPont Community Credit Union offers $1000 scholarships to students continuing their education. Scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior from each high school in their service area. Applications, criteria and instructions are available at: The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2016. DCCU would like to have at least three entries from RCHS.

Society of the Cincinnati History Essay for Scholarship – This $3000 scholarship is available to a graduating senior who will attend any four year college or university in Virginia for the fall of 2016. The essay topic is: The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Contest rules, applications and award criteria are available in the Counseling Office. The essay is due to Ms. van Ravenswaay NO LATER THAN March 16, 2016.

Southern States Scholarship Program - Applicants must be accepted at Virginia Tech or Virginia State University, and must be the son or daughter of a producer of agricultural products. FFA and/or 4-H experience is preferred but not required. If you are interested, see Ms. van Ravenswaay for a Southern States interest form to mail to your college.

Recruiter Visits

The following military recruiters will be visiting RCHS during all three lunches:
United States Marine Corps: Tuesday, January 12th
United States Army: Wednesday, January 13th
United States Air Force: Thursday, January 7th
Virginia National Guard: Friday, January 8th
United States Air Force: Thursday, April 14th

SAT – Important Dates

January 23rd SAT NOT at RCHS;

March 5th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: Feb 5th

May 7th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: April 8th

June 4th SAT* NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 5th

*Redesigned SAT

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

ACT – Important Dates:

February 6th ACT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Jan 8th

April 9th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: March 4th

June 11th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 6th

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:

Parchment: How to Send Your Transcript

Parchment is our new transcript service. It is free to our students. We will be using Parchment to send all transcripts. Anyone asking for a transcript to be sent (including the Common Application) must have a Parchment account and a completed “Blue Sheet” on file with Ms. van Ravenswaay. Please create an account at and set up your preferences.

Register For Your Free Account:

1. Visit

2. Click ‘Sign Up Now’

Request Your Transcript:

1. In your account, go to ‘Transcripts’

2. Click ‘Send Transcripts’

3. Select a destination

4. Request is confirmed

Track Your Transcript:

1. Log into your account

2. In the top navigation bar, click ‘Transcripts’

3. Click ‘Order History’ to see the status


Or see our new video at:

Become a Delegate to Boys and Girls State!

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, for high school juniors. Representatives are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Our delegates are generously supported each year by the Brownsburg Ruritan Club. If you are interested in applying, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay.

Other Scholarship Opportunities: